As you get ready for tonight's semifinal match against Uruguay, let's review how far Peru has come so far in the Copa America. Below are the four goals that Peru has netted in the tournament. Let's hope there are more to come tonight!
The skate park in Lima's seaside district of Miraflores is a concrete heaven. (All photos by Rodney Dodig) See more pictures.
By Rodney Dodig
Back in my high school years, I lived in Los Angeles and I remember taking apart an old pair of street skates and nailing them to a board. My friends and I would spend hours speeding up and down the street on those handmade skateboards. People would yell at us if we were on the sidewalk, shaking their fists and spouting obscenities. I am amazed that more of us didn’t end up with more than our share of broken bones.
Things are different now. The skateboards are made professionally, they have safety equipment and it’s now considered a sport, one with its own rules and heroes. There are even parks that have been built dedicated to giving youngsters a place to learn and practice skateboarding. This leads me to the focal point of my story.
Jose, a Hull City "Tigers" fan, meets one if its players, Peruvian football star Nolberto Solano. (Photo courtesy Paul Garwell)
By Paul Garwell
So what possible connection can there be between the city of Hull in northeast England and Peru? Well, if you follow the English football league you know that one of Peru’s most famous footballing son’s, Nolberto Solano, now plays with the Hull City “Tigers” in the Football League Championship.
Daniela Orsi: she's got the talent, but Peru doesn't have the pool.
A talented 11-year-old diver in Peru looks to compete, but the country lacks pools deep enough to practice.
By Marie Meyer
Daniela Orsi is tiny for her 11 years, super intense, and ferociously brave. She routinely climbs up the very highest diving platform anyone can find, stands there for a few heart-stopping seconds, and then hurls herself down with such exquisite grace and composure that she might have a chance to compete on the Peruvian diving squad at the Pacific Cup (Copa Pacifico) competition in October against teams from Chile, Ecuador and Colombia.
Daniela has been participating at school level diving from the age of eight, and at age nine she was recruited by a coach at Crusaders, one of the biggest diving clubs in her native South Africa.
Want to learn to surf? Do it right in Lima. See slide show. (Photos by Claudia Cañedo Lou)
By Claudia Cañedo Lou
I arrived at 7:45 a.m. as suggested by Roberto Meza, also known as Muelas. A former worldwide championship surfer, he founded the surf school Olas Peru in 1992. A sport for beach lovers, surfing has gained a massive amount of fans during these last years thanks to worldwide winners such as Sofía Mulanovich and Gabriel Villarán.
In the first of a three-part series, a couple of skater dudes begin their longboard journey from Peru's capital city to Bolivia. Watch them skating along the desert coast, through Asia beach and Chincha Alta.
The rider "Chaleco Lopez" of Chile blows past spectators in the 2011 Dakar Rally. (Photos by Erick Meier and Juan Fernando Lopez) See slide show.
By Walter Braedt
It has been my first motorcycle trip since the serious accident on motorcycle I suffered last March. I was a little nervous having to cross the vast and endless Chilean desert. I felt that I was already in shape for such a commitment, but you never know how the body, and the motorcycle, will do. Unbearable temperatures, unknown routes and lunar landscapes were waiting for us. Worst of all, there is nowhere to stop, no hospitals and nowhere to go if something unexpected occurred.
In the beginning we were just a few “locos” who wanted to drive down to Chile to watch the passing of the legendary Dakar race at the stages of Arica and Iquique. BMW Motorrad Peru organized the trip, and in the end we were 16 motorcyclists, three Canadians among us, that started the journey.
Peruvian surfer Sofía Mulvanovich, bronze medal winner at the recent ISA World Surfing Games, teamed with two Australians to surf on the traditional reed raft from northern Peru, called the caballo de totora. See the video below, which shows the raft-making process and highlights three sexy stars of surf.